Aston Villa have confirmed the signing of West Ham defender James Collins for a fee believed to in the region of £5m.
Villa agreed a fee on Tuesday morning and the 26-year-old Wales international later accepted personal terms.
“It’s been a mad 24 hours since coming up here but I’m delighted to have it all sorted,” said Collins. “I came yesterday and met the manager and had a look around. It’s a fantastic setting. I just can’t wait to get cracking now.
“Aston Villa are a massive club so after coming here looking around the place – and I’m friendly with a few of the boys as well – it didn’t take a lot of persuading on my part.”
Collins has been at Villa’s Bodymoor Heath training ground and is undergoing a medical before finalising personal terms.
A statement posted earlier today on the club’s official website said: “Villa have agreed a fee with West Ham United for defender James Collins.
“The Welsh international is now discussing personal terms and must also complete a medical.”
The player, capped 28 times by his country, made 86 appearances for Cardiff before moving to Upton Park in 2005 along with team-mate Danny Gabbidon.